“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; For so you will heap coals of fire on his head, And the Lord will reward you.”
Proverbs 25:21-22 NKJV
The true heart of Jesus
I remember years ago, attending one of the first LGBTQ parades here in the city of Des Moines. We were a small band of Christians led by one of the pastors at the church I attended, going into the belly of the beast to represent the Lord Jesus Christ. We did not come with placards and signs declaring God’s hatred, but we came bearing pizza and drinks.
That simple offering, so seemingly unlikely, opened the door for Gospel conversations. Our little disparate group, set in vast contrast from the gaudy parade goers, showed the true heart of Jesus. We could have looked upon those in cultural opposition as enemies, not worthy of our concern. But the Lord has called us to the the Gospel to the whole world.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
I tell you the truth, the mission the Lord has given us will become increasingly more difficult, as we are witnessing the devolution of our world, as the devil tightens his stranglehold on the people of these times. We have been called to go amongst enemies, those who are in direct opposition to all that we stand for.
The natural reaction would be to meet opposition with opposition, cultural warfare. In doing so, we have denied the calling of our Lord, who Himself went to the cross willingly to die for our sins. He could have called a legion of angels, but He went to His death, pierced with nails, the crown of thorns pressed down on His head, a spear in His side, and mocked by Roman soldiers. He did all of this, even as He held it all together.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
Colossians 1:16-17 NKJV
We are His joint heirs, those adopted in the beloved by the blood of Jesus, and we are held to the same standard in the face of opposition. Just as our Lord went to the cross asking the Father to not hold the sin of those who killed Him to their account, so Stephen, when faced with his death, did the same.
“Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”
Acts 7:57-60 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we too will be called upon to stand and deliver, and if need be, die while giving the Gospel with our last breath.
Along the way, we will see opportunities to serve those who are amongst us who are hungry and thirsty, for a global calamity is coming, and starvation will be everywhere. In the midst of these times, there will be many opportunities for the sons of God to give to those have nothing. Some of them may be those who hate everything that we stand for, but if we have something to give, it is from the Lord, that we extend to others the grace God has given us.
Let us look for opportunities to offer refreshment to those in opposition, that see the grace of God, delivered by His hands and feet, those of us who are the called, the saved, the born again.
There is great trouble coming, and I suspect the Lord is going to use it all to make us a spectacle. May we be ambassadors of the Lord Jesus, bringing His Gospel and HIs love. May we respond with His love by His power, for He has given us the Holy Spirit, that we be able to do the impossible.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.””
Luke 1:37 NKJV
““But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.”
Luke 6:27-31 NKJV
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